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Joe Marconi
Joe Marconi
Joe Marconi, who died in April 2012 at age 66, was an expert in communication, marketing and crisis management. He was an adjunct professor at DePaul University and Columbia College, a consultant, and author of 15 books, including “Crisis Marketing: When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies."


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Hope and Change. and Funny Business

May 6, 2011 9:50 am
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Having taken some time away, I return to find my treasure trove of humorous references to Charlie Sheen now dusty, moss-covered, relics of a bygone time, a bit like Charlie himself. Timing is everything. With a bit of luck, references to Donald Trump’s hair will soon meet a similar fate.

The media business, playtime and the wonderful telephone phone that does so many things all moved another step closer to disappointing their children.

Don’t let the screen door hit you on your way out, Glenn:

Fox News Channel is justifiably disrespected by everyone but its viewers, but some of those viewers aren’t just old – they’re growing up. Despite on-screen raves from “the talent” about a “new and improved” social security plan that will basically eliminate social security, Fox viewers seemed to regain their sense of smell and yell, “no!”

And only a few months ago, each week brought a new Glenn Beck gem for our Archive of Cultural Idiocy. Today, he’s fast becoming Glenn Who? Mr. Beck’s name now goes on our wall of One-Time Controversial TV News-Talk Super-hosts that includes the formerly famous Morton Downey Jr., Jenny Jones, Maury Povich, Montel Williams, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Jerry Springer, Geraldo Rivera, Tom Duggan, and Joe Pyne. Goodbye, Glenn. It’s been… interesting.

Cool Under Pressure:

The President was relaxed, confident, and showed he can deliver a good comedy monolog to a packed house on a Saturday night and order a terrorist leader be taken out on Sunday. A word of advice: Do not play poker with this man.

Still a perfect gift for that Special Someone:

Move over, aging, once-popular Beanie Babies. Next month marks the one-year anniversary of the introduction of an Elvis Mr. Potato Head, available wearing a white sequined jumpsuit or a black leather outfit. He’d be 75, if he had not moved from the big room in Las Vegas to the Big Room in the sky. The legend sort of lives!

Results of a CNN poll:

Only two days after the noise erupted in a normally quiet neighborhood in Abbottabad, it seems 61% of Americans think Osama bin Laden is already burning in hell. Mr. bin Laden, you may recall, died peacefully in his home in the picturesque Pakistani community on May 1, after being shot through the head by a Navy Seal whom, one can assume, will find a small token of appreciation in his next pay envelope.

(Note: If anyone has any ideas about questions CNN can ask its viewers, this might be a good time to send them in. There seems to be a lack of... everything there.)

Still Politically Incoherent:

"Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society." – Rush Limbaugh

"We're not sexists, we're chauvinists -- we're male chauvinist pigs, and we're happy to be because we think that's what men were destined to be. We think that's what women want." – again, Rush Limbaugh

"[President Obama] wouldn't have been voted president if he weren't black. Somebody asked me over the weekend why does somebody earn a lot of money have a lot of money, because she's black. It was Oprah. No, it can't be. Yes, it is. There’s a lot of guilt out there, show we're not racists, we'll make this person wealthy and big and famous and so forth.... If Obama weren't black he'd be a tour guide in Honolulu or he'd be teaching Saul Alinsky constitutional law or lecturing on it in Chicago." – alas, still Rush Limbaugh

“We've got czars now. Czars like John Holdren, who has proposed forcing abortions and putting sterilants (sterilants?) in the drinking water to control population." —Glenn Beck

"Hunger can be a positive motivator." —State Rep. Cynthia Davis (R-Missouri), arguing against a program that feeds poor children and suggesting they should get jobs instead.

How’s Business?

Apple forgot to tell its ecstatically happy iPhone users that the phone that does everything (including make phone calls!) had a tracking device that let the company capture data on where customers are at any time. Sen. Al Franken wants to hold hearings to investigate violations of customers’ privacy. And Sony’s playstation, which allowed people to play together all over the world, experienced a security breach that compromised personal data of some 77 million users. Sales of both products in the immediate aftermath of the bad news… seem to be pretty much what they were before the stories broke.

And Still Back Again

For people who miss former President George W. Bush and Will Ferrell, they are together again and as funny as ever. Check:

Go teams!

A new edition of Press Pass, the online sports magazine, is available for viewing at no charge. As the editor, I believe I can say, in all objectivity, it’s pretty good. Read it at

May 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm
thought u wight enjoy this


The world's foremost terrorist is dead, and it seems that thanks are in order. When a leader is deserving of praise, it is only right that those of us who opine on the nature of such things should give credit where credit is due. So I would like to say thank you, Mr. President. Yes, that's right. I would like to say thank you to the man responsible for getting Osama bin Laden. That man is George W. Bush.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-PA, who is testing the waters for a presidential race of his own, first made this point in last week's debate in South Carolina. Every foreign policy initiative that Barack Obama has gotten right, Santorum said, was a strategy put in place by George W. Bush. From GITMO to Iraq to Afghanistan to tracking down bin Laden, all of it was Bush doctrine. Of course, these were all policies that candidate Obama had criticized on the campaign trail in 2008, but which, to his credit, President Obama had had the good sense to keep in place once he took office — much to the chagrin of his radical leftist base.

As for the foreign policy decisions Obama himself has made, they have all been wrong. He has tried appeasement with the mullahs in Iran, backed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, turned his back on Israel, insulted our closest ally in Europe — Great Britain — and cozied up to dictators like Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.

For the past two years, Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder, has been conducting a witch hunt against CIA agents involved in waterboarding enemy combatants — even though we now know that this enhanced interrogation technique was directly responsible for some of the intelligence that led to the location and subsequent elimination of bin Laden.

All politicians use the advantages handed to them for political gain. They would be foolish not to exploit those things that enhance their reputations. But the double-standard applied to this president versus his predecessor is staggering.

On May 1, 2003, President Bush copiloted a Lockheed S-3 Viking aircraft onto the deck of the carrier Abraham Lincoln as it returned from combat operations in the Persian Gulf. After posing for pictures in his flight suit with members of the ship's crew, the president gave a speech with a banner behind him that read "Mission Accomplished." The Left and their dutiful lackeys in the media went crazy. They called it a stunt. They said Bush was using it to get re-elected; and to this day they will not let go of that image and the message they believe it conveyed.

Fast forward exactly eight years to the day — May 1, 2011. Osama bin Laden is dead, which is good news for civilized people everywhere. After calling Bush to give him the news, it was all photo-op time for Obama in a week calculated to maximize the perceived PR victory he thought he had just won for himself.

These shameless "look at me" plugs for the reelection of Barack Obama culminated in an odd, wreath-laying ceremony at Ground Zero, as if it were suddenly September 11th again and it was vitally necessary that he be there. He tried to get former Presidents Bush (43) and Clinton to join him, but to their credit, they declined. Then, to cap off his week in the limelight, Obama flew to Fort Campbell, KY, to incorporate the troops into his campaign efforts.

All this after telling us he would not release photos of a dead Osama bin Laden because "we don't spike the ball." Uh huh.

So as Barack Obama basks in the sunshine of his imagined personal victory, I say to George W. Bush, "Thank you, Mr. President. You protected our country during your tenure and you put us on the trail of the biggest human cockroach on the planet. Your successor, wearing your large shoes, just happened to step on him."

Doug Patton

Thinker's Post
Joe Marconi
May 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Well. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, although, I don't really believe that you thought I'd like it. I think you were just messin' with me with that line. (You devil!)

Actually, I didn't think much of it and here's why. I read the first paragraph and only skimmed the rest because I've heard this argument from several people who, curiously, come from a position that President Obama (and pretty much every other Democrat) can do nothing right, while no Republican can do any wrong. Despite President Clinton leaving office with a surplus in the treasury and the Bush administration's reversing everything Clinton did, removing oversight and regulation, running up charges to Blackwater, Halliburton, et al, that were listed "off budget" and generally leaving behind a mess, Republicans want to blame the eight-year financial and political debacle on Bill Clinton... until they can claim it's all President Obama's doing. It's laughable. Your guy here wants to give George Bush credit for a terrorist attacking the U.S. on his watch and running free for seven years, and finally being taken out three years after Bush has left the office. And if the operation to get bin Laden had failed, would that have been Bush's fault?

Sadly, after years of having actual facts and evidence ignored in favor of your sort of magical thinking, I don't expect any more facts will change your mind. I do, however, believe there is a special place on hell reserved for greedy, duplicitous, delusional, unprincipled bozos who buy into your argument... and I mean that in the nicest way. to Shut Down Permanently on December 31, 2017

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